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EV Charging Infrastructures in the UK is now reinvented via Blockchain

Zoltán Tűndik

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As you may know, the United Kingdom is quite a large consumer when it comes to the infrastructure for public electric vehicle charging. It has been reported that recently has recently exceeded 6,000 locations, which is a lot if you count the fact that it is necessary for the EV driver to handle more than one solution to access different charging stations.

To every solution nowadays we will find news that a new company, via Blockchain of course, is reinventing the wheel. Such is the solution which is suppose to overcome this obstacle for EV drivers and it has been initiated by Share&Charge who invented a interoperability pilot with partners like Electric Blue, EVBox, EVDriver, Hubeleon, The Phoenix Works and Volkswagen Financial Services to test blockchain as a possible solution.

Given the situation that most of the driver have some decisive factors which they analyze during the search for a possible adoption of electric mobility, being able to charge electric vehicles easily and quickly whenever and wherever you want, could be a good argument.

This means that a seamless charging experience with unrestricted access and convenient payment solutions is essential for the technology’s success and it is clearly something to consider by many markets worldwide.

To make this work, the team at Share&Charge need to overcome the phenomenon of limited interoperability as well as cumbersome payment implementations, since each stakeholder is working on their own solution. This is also true for the United Kingdom.

Emerging blockchain technology offers a simple and easy-to-use solution that achieves interoperability when paying for electric vehicle charging and this idea might be crazy enough to work.

In a recent report, Dietrich Sümmermann, CEO of Share&Charge’s mother company MotionWerk GmbH explains: “We see great potential in this first trial and blockchain can be the crucial enabler. Therefore, we are now setting up a foundation as new entity to allow all parties to cooperate and jointly define blockchain based standards for the best of the end customer.

For those who don’t know, MotionWerk has been a blockchain spin-off of the innogy Innovation Hub whose vision it is to further support an open sourced decentralised future of energy which strongly converges with the Internet of Things, Blockchain, smart devices and e-mobility.

We look forward to the development of this world changing idea and promise to come back with more updates on the subject. Watch this space…

 

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BMW of Springfield hosts New York Yankee Mariano Rivera at the Reveal of Lightning M4

Vlad Poptamas

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Serial Entrepreneur and CEO of Celebrity Motor Car Company Tom Maoli and baseball legend New York Yankee Mariano Rivera
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Worlds collide at BMW of Springfield when the New York Yankee legend stepped foot into Tom Maoli’s Celebrity Motor Car Company dealership. Baseball legend Mariano Rivera, played 19 seasons in the MLB for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013 is known for being the greatest relief pitcher of all time and pitched in for a great cause!

On December 16, 2018 Mariano came to support Tom for the unveiling of the “Lightning M4,” which is owned by his son, Mariano Rivera Jr. Celebrity Motor Car Company’s BMW of Springfield hosted the reveal of the custom designed BMW “Lightning M4.” Rivera’s vehicle was showcased and unveiled by designer Corsa Auto Design and installer Moemodz.

The event was a “HOME RUN.”

All proceeds of the event went to the baseball legend’s charity which was St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in New York City.

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CCC™ X Data Exchange Powers Telematics Innovations for State Auto

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CCC Information Services Inc. and its affiliates (CCC) announced today that State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company (State Auto) is live on the CCC™ X data exchange, activating a broad range of telematics capabilities in support of the insurer’s vision to transform the policyholder experience through innovation. State Auto is using CCC X to connect with CCC ecosystem partners, including a major OEM, and to deliver usage-based insurance (UBI) programs and telematics-enabled claims, making it the first insurer in the industry to integrate crash event data into their CCC ONE® claims workflow. The CCC and State Auto relationship spans the carrier’s Personal and Commercial lines of business. State Auto is a leading digital provider of property and casualty insurance, exclusively through independent agents. CCC is a leading Software as a Service provider to the automotive, insurance, and collision repair industries.

“We’re excited to extend our partnership with CCC as we move forward together toward a more innovative future,” said Paul Stachura, Senior Vice President/Chief Claims and Risk Engineering (CARE) Officer, State Auto. “Telematics is a strategic imperative for us. CCC’s data exchange stands out as a way for us to quickly and easily access the data, providers, and applications needed to deliver exceptional experiences for customers, while creating efficiencies and bottom-line impact for our business.”

CCC X aggregates and normalizes connected data from a rich variety of sources including beacons, dongles, mobile applications, fleet and professional devices, and connected cars. Powered by the CCC ONE™ Platform, CCC X passes connected car data to customers on the CCC network through software-driven workflows that serve the automotive ecosystem. Data accessed via CCC X can be deeply integrated into existing insurer business operations for UBI programs, increased claims automation, and more.

For State Auto, CCC X:

  • Receives data streamed from multiple sources, including a major OEM and a third-party device provider. Within the OEM program CCC has made available to the market, State Auto will use actual driving behavior to identify consumers to engage with by advertising discounted insurance policies.
  • Ingests telematics data from enrolled vehicles and provides additional analytics to help identify when an enrolled State Auto-insured vehicle is involved in an accident. Information regarding the potential accident is shared automatically with a State Auto first notice of loss representative, initiating the first steps in a comprehensive claims experience. State Auto can use this data to inform its decision-making in real-time, including vehicle routing and preferred method of inspection (based on carrier guidelines).

“CCC is proud to serve as the engine for State Auto’s telematics and connected data efforts,” said Naved Siddique, Group VP, Insurance Services Group for CCC. “We share their commitment to technology innovation and its power and impact on transforming the way insurance is delivered and serviced. We’ve worked with State Auto successfully for many years and are excited to help bring the full power of telematics to life.”

CCC’s hyperscale platform has processed data for billions of trips. The company has also processed nearly 200 million claims, including vehicle total loss valuations and vehicle repair estimates, making CCC X uniquely capable of enriching connected data in ways that support new business opportunities for customers and new experiences for consumers. CCC solutions are in use by more than 350 insurers, numerous OEMs, 24,000 collision repairers, and a range of third-party data and service providers.

Learn more about the CCC X™ data exchange.

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OXIS Energy Key Component of Safe Road Electrification Project to Launch in January

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The Lithium Sulphur for Safe Road Electrification (LISA) 43 month project starts on the 1st January 2019. It is worth over €7.9m and consists of 13 European partners including OXIS Energy UK Ltd. The overall goal is to design and manufacture a lithium sulfur technology that will enable safe electrification of EV applications.

Electric vehicles (EVs) are a key technology for reducing the environmental impact of road transport and reaching the EU sustainability goals in terms of reducing CO₂ emissions and oil dependency. With stricter environmental regulations, automobile manufacturers are now urged to produce electric or hybrid vehicles, including a commitment to reduce emissions by 40% by 2030. One of the main challenges is to increase market acceptance and deployment of EVs on European and global roads. This requires new battery technologies to overcome the limitations of current EVs, particularly in terms of driving range, charging time, costs and safety.

Due to the fact that Li-ion batteries are still the limiting factor for mass scale adoption of electrified vehicles, there is a need for new batteries that enable EVs with higher driving range, higher safety and faster charging at lower cost. Li-S is a promising alternative to Li-ion – free of critical raw material (CRM) and non-limited in capacity and energy by material of intercalation.

LISA advances the development of high energy and safe Li-S battery cells with hybrid solid state non-flammable electrolytes validated at 20Ah cell level. LISA will solve specific Li-S bottlenecks on metallic lithium protection, power rate and volumetric energy density; together with cost which is the main selection criteria for EV batteries. The sustainability of the technology will be assessed from an environmental and economic perspective.

The technology will be delivered ready for use within the corresponding state of charge estimator facilitating battery pack integration. Today, Li-S is twice as light as Li-ion and has reached only 10% of the sulphur theoretical energy density (2600Wh/kg) at cell prototype level (250-300Wh/kg), with potentially 800Wh/l (600Wh/kg) achievable by improving materials, components and manufacturing. LISA is strongly oriented to the development of lithium metal protection and solid state electrolyte and will incorporate process concepts enabling integration in future manufacturing lines. Moreover, the outcome of the project in terms of new materials, components, cells, and processes will be transferable to other lithium-anode based technologies such as Li-ion and solid state lithium technologies. As such, LISA will have a large impact on existing and next-generation EV batteries, delivering technology with higher energy density beyond the theoretical capacities of chemistries using CRM – i.e. natural graphite and cobalt – or silicon-based chemistries inherently limited by their manufacturability.

Steve Rowlands, Deputy CTO at OXIS says, “The LISA project ties in perfectly with OXIS Energy’s future business strategy in entering into the electric automotive sector including trucks and buses. Continuing our collaborations with LEITAT, Arkema, Cranfield University, IWS Fraunhofer and Renault as well as working with new partners is an exciting prospect in taking OXIS technology to the next level in terms of safe automotive electrification.”

The partners involved in the LISA project are LEITAT (co-ordinators), OXIS Energy Ltd, Cranfield University, Varta Micro Battery GmbH, CIC Energigune, ARKEMA, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft Zur Förderung De Angewandten Forschung, Pulsedeon Oy, ACCUREC Recycling GmbH, Optimat Ltd, Technische Universität Dresden, VDL Enabling Transport Solutions BV and Renault.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814471.

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